DERMAdoctor’s new Kakadu C line is a skincare lover’s delight (giveaway time)

DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C shelf at Ulta

DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C shelf at Ulta

This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal

I was recently alerted to a new line from DERMAdoctor so I took myself to Ulta to check it out. The more I saw, the more I learned, the more I wanted! As an admitted skincare lover these DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C products look amazing. I know they smell amazing too – well actually they are fragrance free which makes them smell amazing to me!KakaduC_1

Kakadu is a tree that is native to Australia which grows the Kakadu Plum, a unique Vitamin C source. It contains about 55 times the amount of vitamin C as a Florida orange does. According to an article I read on StyleCraze the uses for this natural product has over 10 benefits to us. Being so rich in Vitamin C makes it an ideal anti-oxidant in skincare as it helps slow down the aging process.

In my research I came across an article on Health With Food that talks about Vitamin C and Kakadu Plum: “But why are vitamin C rich foods, such as Kakadu plums, so good for you? For one thing, vitamin C plays a crucial role in keeping your immune system, bones, teeth, and gums strong and healthy. It can also help keep your skin supple due to its ability to stimulate collagen production, and it may help prevent iron deficiency by improving the body’s capability to absorb iron from foods. Vitamin C may also have allergy-fighting properties due to its ability to prevent histamine release and to stimulate detoxification of existing histamine in the body.

DERMAdoctor harnessed the use of this amazing Vitamin C source from the Kakadu tree to bring their line of Kakadu-C products to market.

image from http://www.dermadoctor.com/categories/kakadu-c

image from http://www.dermadoctor.com/categories/kakadu-c

Among the products in this great line are a few I found noteworthy. The Kakaju C 20% Vitamin C Serum seems outstanding. This daily rejuvenating essential assists in brightening and evening skin tone while leaving skin feeling firmer, smoother, tighter and complexion looking more radiant. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of each serum will be donated to the Kimberley Training Institute of Western Australia to help build Aboriginal community enterprises based on the Kakadu Plum. As someone who loves a great serum this one has caught my eye.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

The first product I opened at Ulta was the Kakadu C Eye Souffle. This was as light as air yet felt so decadently rich.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

Judging by the amount of people that sampled this at the store it’s obviously quite popular too. This brightening eye cream hydrates, smoothes and firms delicate skin for a more ageless appearance.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme

This DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme has my nose’s approval. This has a rich and hydrating feel to it. It’s meant for dehydrated, sensitive and mature skin so I know this would be great for me. Additional ingredients are Kakadu plum, Desert Lime and Quandong Peach extracts and enhanced with tripeptide technology.kakadu-vertical-product-banner

Since we can’t take a trip to Australia to find this ingredient we can get it with DERMAdoctor’s Kakadu-C line. There are several kits too to try out the products so you can see what it will do for your skin. Happily we were offered a giveaway for one of our Beauty Info Zone US subscribers to win the DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C Eye Souffle. Allure magazine considers Kakadu Plum to be one of the newest must-have ingredients and you could be in on that.

To enter follow the directions on the Rafflecopter. This giveaway will end on June 2, 2017 at 11:59 and the prize will be sent by Nakturnal the sponsor of the giveaway. Good luck!  —  Marcia

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VENeffect is anti-aging skincare at its fragrance free best

VENeffect

VENeffect

I will never understand why some cosmetic products are so highly fragranced. I do know that there’s a wide audience for lines like the French ones that have fragrance added but I don’t really get the draw. So many people (like MOI) have negative reactions to the added fragrance. Many can be a skin irritant if you have sensitive skin or rosacea.

When VENeffect offered their skincare line I was thrilled to say yes. I’ve tried several products from them and not only loved them but love the fact that I didn’t have to worry about fragrance. I’m so happy to welcome these back into my life again.veneffectThings to know about VENeffect:

  • The line was created by sisters (Dr. Rebecca Booth and Cecil Booth) who are both in the wellness business.
  • They discovered that women are affected by hormonal aging yet there was little in the way of solutions for it.
  • The Booth sisters created VENeffect as their breakthough anti-aging solution to reverse the signs of hormonal aging. Their goal – to restore skin to peak hormonal vitality.
  • VENeffect is the “only anti-aging skin care line formulated with a unique and powerful blend of 100% natural phytoestrogens to enhance collagen and improve elasticity in skin.”
  • VENeffect is hypoallergenic, synthetic fragrance free, gluten free, and paraben free. Made in the USA.

I’ve been using 3 VENeffect products while my blog partner Lisa has been using several others. Between the two of us you’ll be learning a lot about why we’re so impressed with these skincare wonders. Today you get me, Marcia.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser (veneffect.com)

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser (veneffect.com)

First they got me with the name since anything that will minimize my pores is wanted in my life. I used to have extremely oily skin. As I’ve aged my skin has become normal to dry but my pores still plague me.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

The ingredients in this gel cleanser are what makes it a hit for me.

  • Willow bark helps minimize the appearance of pores, removes excess sebum, and fights shine
  • Phytoestrogens, including soy and pomegranate, enhance luminosity
  • Pomegranate enzymes remove dead skin cells, revealing healthy skin
  • Cucumber and grapefruit extracts refresh and renew
VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

The cleanser lathers nicely yet never makes my skin feel taut. Sadly I have to use a razor on my upper lip to remove the hair that should be on my eyebrows. I find this to be a perfect shave cream for my face since there’s no irritation and the razor just glides along. It’s too expensive to use anywhere else but it’s my face that I’m most concerned about.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer is a luxury I am absolutely savoring.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

This anti-aging moisturizer is a fragrance free delight to use. It’s as light as whipped cream and just as rich. It feels so marvelous on my skin. In the morning I use a serum first, then apply VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, and then a sunscreen. In the evening I use 1 or 2 serums and then this moisturizer. My face looks luminous and feels soft and hydrated. I can’t begin to tell you how much this has done for my skin.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

It’s loaded with peptides, protein, and nourishing ingredients. With weather getting warmer it’s the perfect texture.

  • Enhances skin’s elasticity
  • Phytoestrogens are known to boost collagen production
  • Promotes hyaluronic acid production, the building block of dewy young skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightens and evens out skin tone
  • Restores skin to the healthy glow of peak vitality
    VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment is the perfect finish to my trio. I am an adamant eye cream user and am willing to spend whatever it takes to have ones I love.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    When you find out that this eye treatment works to target fine lines, crow feet, and wrinkles you’ll see you need to try this for yourself.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

     

    Ingredients include Resveratrol, Antioxidants, Dimethicone, Biotin, Peptides, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera. This helps firm your undereye area and replenish the moisture around your eyes. Since your undereyes have the thinnest skin on your face you want to treat them with loving care.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    This doesn’t interfere with my makeup at all. I let it sit for a few minutes as I’m doing my eyes and then I’m ready to go with soft smoother and brighter skin under my eyes. At night I’m using a caffeine serum from The Ordinary first and then VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment and they work beautifully together.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser, Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, Eye Treatment

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser, Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, Eye Treatment

I am happy to recommend this luxury line. The products help me hide my age from the masses and feel good about how my skin looks and feels. Fragrance be gone, long live VENeffect.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

 

 

 

 

Brighten your eyes with Dermologica Stress Positive Eye Lift

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Just when I start thinking that there’s no eye cream that is truly different from the rest along comes Dermologica’s new Stress Positive Eye Lift. Not only is this an eye cream but it’s a mask and an anti-aging device.

Dermologica Stress Positive Eye Lift

Dermologica Stress Positive Eye Lift

press sample

There’s more than meets the eye with the clever packaging of Stress Positive Eye Lift

Dermologica Stress Positive Eye Lift

Dermologica Stress Positive Eye Lift

The first thing to notice is the applicator. I’ve had this applicator on other eye creams and it’s a wonderful method of soothing your eyes and spreading the cream easily. But Dermologica has a unique use for the applicator.

Dermologica Stress Positive Eye Lift applicator

Dermologica Stress Positive Eye Lift applicator

You actually use this as a tool to help lift the skin around your eyes. My friend Cindy from Prime Beauty has great application pictures so you can see what to do. There’s also a YouTube video designed to teach you the most effective way to get use from the applicator..

I’ve been using this day and night. In the morning I find that it’s very helpful with my eternal puffiness and dark circles. It helps the skin around my eyes look more luminous and less like I had another toss/turn night.

In the evening I’m thrilled that it behaves like a mask for my eyes since it’s on for so long. Daytime use gives this a more instant effect while nighttime use is for the long term.

Some ingredients to note are

  • Wild Indigo See actives to brighten and help visibly reduce under eye circles
  • Sea Water Extract and Arctic Algae counter the look of puffiness.
  • Fermented Yeast and a unique Hyaluronic Acid blend firm skin to help generate that lifting effect.
  • Bioactive Diglucosyl Gallic Acid works with your skin’s natural microorganisms to brighten and energize.
  • There’s no artificial fragrance or color to this.

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See that little plastic piece at the bottom of the photo? That’s to help you get every drop of this wonderful eye lift out. As you notice that you are using it up add the applicator to the end to help squeeze up the cream, just like you’d do with a toothbrush tube. You don’t want to waste any of this magic.

If your eyes are showing the stress of life then this new eye lift from Dermologica is on your side to visibly brighten and energize. —  Marcia

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Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Tephrosia Purpurea Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Maris Aqua, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Hydrolyzed Algin, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Lactate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Sucrose, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Xanthan Gum, Linalool, Geraniol, Phenoxyethanol.

Wake up and smell the coffee with IT Confidence in an Eye Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye CreamEarlier this year, I bought a new alarm clock. My old one is REALLY old – I think I bought it in 2000. It’s an atomic alarm clock, so it automatically changes for daylight savings time. The problem is, a few years ago the dates for daylight savings time changed…but no one told my old atomic alarm clock. So I finally bought a new clock…and then never changed them out!  So, when the time change actually happened, I overslept because my clock didn’t change. Then a few weekends ago, it DID change – meaning I got up an hour early. Why didn’t I just plug in the new alarm clock that I just bought?? It’s still a mystery. But luckily my face didn’t show the effects of my screwed up sleeping cycles thanks in part to some awesome coffee, and, thanks in part to my IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream.

IT Cosmetics Coffee-dence in a Cup

Inside IT Confidence in an Eye Cream

Inside IT Confidence in an Eye Cream

I think that IT Cosmetics is psychic, because they sent me a super cool personalized coffee tin with some premium coffee and this coffee mug – how did they know I was going to screw up daylight savings time not just once this year, but twice?? They also sent the IT Confidence in an Eye Cream, which is finally available at IT Cosmetics online and ULTA as of the first of this month.IT Cosmetics You Are Brew-Tiful

There are lots of reasons to try this beautiful eye cream:

  • Formulated with proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate™, plus Ceramides to restore, Chrysin to help reduce the appearance of inflammation, Peptides and Collagen to smooth the look of lines and wrinkles, Avocado to nourish, Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane for powerful hydration, Licorice for visible brightening and Caffeine to reduce the look of puffiness.
  • Transforms your eyes with clinically shown hydration—perfect for all skin types!
  • Rejuvenates and restores delicate eye area, while the exclusive apricot tint and Drops of Light Technology™ color-correct and brighten
  • Collagen and hyaluronic acid plump skin and fill lines instantlyIT Cosmetics Its Your Coffee-dence in a Cup
    Inside IT Confidence in an Eye Cream

    Inside IT Confidence in an Eye Cream

    Caffeine is a great ingredient for an eye cream because it reduces puffiness and makes eyes look younger and more awake. Paired with an excellent cup of coffee in my Coffee-dence in a Cup mug, the IT Confidence in an Eye Cream gives me immediate results, and over time the anti-aging ingredients make a real difference.

    You can find IT Confidence in an Eye Cream and the rest of the fabulous IT Cosmetics line at Ulta and at IT Cosmetics online.  – Lisa

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The Jojoba Company Firming Eye Balm

The Jojoba Company Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm

The Jojoba Company Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm

Two things drew me to The Jojoba Company Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm when it was offered for review. I was immediately drawn to it because of The Jojoba Company which is a skincare brand I admire and have reviewed several items from. I have a collection of products which often get used no matter what else I’m testing. Next take the fact that it’s a FIRMING EYE BALM and I’m all over it.

The Jojoba Company Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm

The Jojoba Company Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm

I am a dedicated eye cream user, day and night. I think being so enamored with eye creams and balms has helped my eyes belie my age. The Jojoba Company Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm is one that definitely helps this way because it’s known for rehydrating dry skin. Once upon a time my skin was oily as could be but age has changed that.

The Jojoba Company Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm

The Jojoba Company Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm

I have pros and cons about this eye cream but the pros way outweigh the cons.

  • The Jojoba Company Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm contains many efficient ingredients to soothe the delicate skin around my eyes: cucumber, guava, aloe vera, jojoba, and pomegranate.
  • It feels wonderful on my eyes and a little goes a long way. I’ve used it both on my lids and undereyes with emphasis on those pesky crows feet. I notice less puffiness especially in the morning when I awake. My eye area feels very soft. And I’m using way less concealer.
  • I love the packaging. It’s so sanitary and I get the right amount for both eyes with one gentle pump.

The Jojoba Company grows their own jojoba so we know there’s a purity in the products that can be relied upon. According to The Jojoba Company “That means that skin lets jojoba deliver its goodness all the way down to the cellular and matrix levels. It is naturally antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic.  Jojoba also contains the healing vitamins A, D and E and Omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids. Jojoba does not oxidize and is very stable.”jojoba co eye balm ingredients

My con? You know I’m not a fan of fragrance and it takes me about 15 minutes before I don’t notice it. But you know what? I can tolerate it for that short amount of time since I love the effects of this eye balm. I doubt most of you would notice it but I’m extra sensitive. The fragrance does make me aware that it’s working its magic on me.

Key Ingredients:

  • Pure Australian Jojoba – antioxidant, rich in Vitamins A, D & E, hydrating
  • Cucumber – soothing
  • Green Tea – antioxidant, visibly reduces puffiness
  • Guava – age defying
  • Vitamins E & B – antioxidants
  • Horsetail Extract – stimulates collagen production
  • Pomegranate – promotes skin elasticity

It’s time you got on the wagon and tried out The Jojoba Company’s products. I’m testing a new serum from them that has convinced me even more that it’s a brand you want to have in your life.  —  Marcia

sent for consideration

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel and Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel and Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-GelThe Body Shop is always a favorite line of mine not only because I love their products but also because I love their mission. They aren’t just here to make your skin better — they are here to make the world better too. The Body Shop was the first to engage in fair trade in beauty and they have had my heart since the 1980’s.                                                                                                           #TheBodyShopProvidedProduct

The Body Shop has two new skin care launches that are notable in their ingenuity. Of course, they are enhanced with products from The Body Shop’s Community Trade Program and the products are never tested on animals. They sent me these two new products, and for me one was a total miss and the other was a hit.The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

The NEW Drops of Youth™ Youth Liquid Peel ($25) is a gel exfoliator that peels off dead skin and excess oils. You smooth this on clean, dry skin, then massage it in for a few minutes. The gel lifts off all the crap that is clogging your skin, then you rinse it off for a smoother, less congested visage.  People definitely seem to like it –

Instantly feels like dead skin cells are lifted (88% agree*)
Peels off impurities and pollutants (88% agree*)
Skin feels cleansed from day’s pollution (86% agree*)
*when tested on 109 women

However, this didn’t work for me. It was fine up until the rinsing off stage. I could not get all the clumps of gel and dead skin to rinse off no matter what I did! I ended up using my Luna, rewashing my face, using makeup remover…I still have some remainders along my chin line. It’s just bizarre.  Maybe it’s my wonky skin and you will have a totally different experience, but this was a real bummer for me.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-GelI had a different experience with the Oils of Life™ NEW Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel ($32). This is a gel eye treatment that has a light and airy texture. It’s really cool – you can see the tiny shimmers in it that also help brighten the eye area.   The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-GelThe Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel

Again, people seem to really like this product –

  • Eye life for your eyes
  • Eye contour looks smoother – 100%*
  • Radiance appears revived – 96% agree*
  • Dark circles appear faded – 90% agree*
  • Wrinkles appear smoother – 87% agree**
    *Results of Eye-Cream Gel self-assessments on the eye contour – 50 women
    ** Results of Eye-Cream Gel self-assessments on the eye contour – 100 women

And with this one, I agree! This eye gel/cream feels cool when applied and it calms down puffiness. It’s very hydrating so fine lines and wrinkles are plumped up and the tiny shimmers really lighten the eye area and counter any dark circles. Hooray, it’s a winner!!

You can find The Body Shop products at malls throughout the world as well as online.  – Lisa

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MALIN+GOETZ revitalizing eye cream

MALIN+GOETZ revitalizing eye creamWhat could be better than hula girls and monkeys?  Hula girls, monkeys, and eye cream! Especially eye cream that works for those with sensitive skin. MALIN+GOETZ is a family owned lined that was designed specifically for those with very sensitive skin.  Matthew Malin, one of the owners, suffers from a whole slew of skin ailments – rosacea, eczema, seborrhea, fragrance allergies and dry skin. Along with Andrew Goetz, he created a skin care line that is great for every type of skin. Every product is free of detergents, colorants, and synthetic fragrances. MALIN+GOETZ is made in the US and never tests on animals.         sample

MALIN+GOETZ revitalizing eye creamThe MALIN+GOETZ revitalizing eye cream ($92) is my first foray into the line. I love the simple, mod packaging – what you see is what you get with this straightforward line.  The ingredients inside totally live up to the outside:

Firming Peptides help reduce the look of lines and wrinkles and firm eye area skin.
Marine Algae extract stimulates skin renewal, helping energize the look of eyes.
Grapeseed Oil—rich in antioxidants—and barrier-strengthening Sunflower Oil protect skin from free radicals and maintain skin’s inner moisture.
Fatty Acid Technology delivers lightweight yet intense hydration.
Sodium Hyaluronate and Panthenol boost moisturization to increase softness and suppleness.

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Mega hydration is essential for plumping up those fine under eye lines, but anything too moisturizing and I develop the dreaded milia…those bumps that never come to a head but look nasty. It’s not easy to find that perfect balance, but I found it in the MALIN+GOETZ revitalizing eye cream. The cream is light and absorbs quickly, plumping up fine lines and soothing puffiness. I’ve used this for almost a month and I am totally impressed.

If you are looking for a great eye cream – especially if you have sensitive skin – I wholeheartedly recommend the moisturizing and soothing revitalizing eye cream.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Water/Aqua/Eau, Pentylene Glycol, Squalane, Ppg-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Glycerin, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides (C10-18 Triglycerides), Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Xylitylglucoside, Betaine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Trehalose, Phenoxyethanol, Anhydroxylitol, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Glucose, Disodium Edta, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Steareth-20, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Sodium Citrate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Citric Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Biotin